Re: Remember Scouting is a Safe Haven...
Richard Hunt (jc4x4@YAHOO.COM)
Fri, 7 Aug 1998 11:57:16 -0700
-- Tim Hewitt wrote: (snip it)
> I'm not a social worker, I'm a Scoutmaster. I'm willing to bet that
not many of you are trained in social work and counceling either. We
get by the best we can, but it's not our job.
I'm not here to babysit, provide social or counceling
> services, or to act as a distraction to someone who has to be
medicated in order to "fit in" to our society.
I wonder what you do with your kids since your not a
councelier, give them your medical card and send them
off to the shrink. I don't think so.
While it is true the majority of us are not trained in
counceling we do make decisons as parents and most of
the time common sence parenting works. For those rare
cases then someone should talk to the parents of the
child causing the problems to seek help for the child.
As far a medicating to fit in, I am glad you will not
be my sons SM if you have a problem with this since
he has ADD and takes medication when at activities to
help him concentrate. This in no way makes him any less
of a scout. In fact he loves scouts so much if I told
him he no longer could be in scouts due to his ADD he
would be devistated.
There are also children with asma which require medication. Does this
make them any less a Scout? I
don't think so and I bet most of the Leaders would
agree with me.
I think you should take a look at your statements and
readjust your thinking, the next thing we might here
is that you won't want kids who have to use a wheel chair to get around.
(End of soap box)
I'm sorry if this sounds like I'm flaming but it just
gets to me when people look at kids that a little help
as problem children.
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